Welly Top 5
1. Guy Fawkes Night Party at Beech Hill Hotel
Saturday 5th November
Three course dinner in the hotel’s Burlington’s Restaurant with fire performers on the terrace and that all-important grand firework display over the Lake. No dress code so you can don your warmest woolly jumper for the evening. £45 per person includes food and entertainment.
For more info and to book: Tel: 0844 502 7587 www.beechhillhotel.co.uk/events
2. Wine Festival at the Woolpack Inn
Thursday 17th November
Hurrah for Wine Festivals especially when they’re held in such an idyllic setting as the Woolpack Inn on the infamous Hardknott Pass. Obviously anything involving wine and/or Cumbria gets my vote but a wine festival in a truly iconic Lakeland pub? Now that is very #wellycool.
Paddington Berger is Landlord of the Woolpack Inn in Eskdale and a veritable oenophiliac to boot (yes I did google that word and yes, pardon the pun as Boot is indeed not far away…). He will have more than 50 wines from around the world to sample over this long weekend. Thursday 17th is Preview Day with tutorials by Paddington himself. Thursday night is a winner when it comes to saving ££s as he’s offering a dinner, bed and breakfast rate at just £99 per couple with 8 tasting vouchers included (worth £4.50 each or 2 for £10)! If I’d known sooner I would have booked in myself and Mr Welly…
Friday is Fish n Chips night (ok well we can’t act like a lardy dah wine connoisseur all the time) with Saturday 19th their so-called 777 gourmet dinner. No it’s not a bus service (555?) it’s 7 wines and 7 courses at 7pm at £47.50 per person! Booking is of course essential as places are limited. The weekend finishes with a bang – literally with champagne corks flying and glasses of fizz available to accompany Sunday Roast or Afternoon tea. What’s not to love? A veritable bacchanalian feast of food and wine in a stunning location.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Woolpack, visit their website at: www.woolpack.co.uk but to book this event call 01946 723230.
3. Kendal Mountain Festival
Thursday 17th November – Sunday 20th November
This infamous 4 day event attracts thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to Kendal every year. At the heart of the Kendal Mountain Festival programme is the International Film Competition screening over 70 films. Other highlights include the 10k Trail race taking runners on a steady climb out of Kendal up over Scout Scar and Cunswick Fell on the Saturday with an array of art and photography exhibitions for those preferring a more laid-back approach to mountain fever in the town itself.
To book your film passes, visit www.mountainfest.co.uk/tickets
4. Holker Winter Festival
Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th November
The festive foodie season kicks off good and proper with Holker’s popular Winter Market. Set in the Holker Courtyard with braziers roaring, enjoy a little early Christmas shopping with a warming cup of mulled wine in hand. Showcasing the best winter produce on offer, browse artisan stands selling crafts, home wares, decorations and yummy foodie stuff. There’ll be street entertainers to keep the kids happy and the Juggling Inferno who perform spectacular fire-eating stunts on both days, all on a background of live music from the Palladium Quartet. And at £2,50 per person, what’s not to like? (other than the additional £££s you’re more than likely to spend at the stalls)
10h30am – 4pm £2.50pp – Free Parking. Tel: 015395 583328 www.holker.co.uk
5. Rheged: Festive Family Fun Day
Saturday 27th November 2016
Fancy a fun-packed day of festive stuff to do with the kids? From 10am until 5pm, you can get involved with all sorts of activities at the Rheged Festive Family Fun Day. Make wooden Christmas decorations or a Christmas wreath with Woodstone Learning; sing along to local choirs, theatre groups AND brass bands in a massive whammy of a day. Check out the timetable on the Rheged website. Kids can wach Shaun the Sheep or Cinderella Ballet on the cinema screen, ride the Helter Skelter**, decorate a bauble (!), listen to a storyteller or have your face painted (I’m in!). Just when you think you cannot take any more activity from a single Sunday, hang on because at 4pm the inevitable happens – Santa arrives with his reindeer ready to greet the kids and unveil the winners of the Rheged Advent Calendar competition before taking up residence his his magical cottage (well I suppose Penrith is a good starting point for present preparation…) Oh and if Dad is feeling really jolly, there’s a Christmas jumper competition happening at 3pm. All this and it’s totally FREE ENTRY!!!
**Note for all adults: It is perfectly acceptable and indeed encouraged for ‘kids’ older than 21 to to indulge their inner child and hurtle down the giant nine metre high Festive Helter Skelter this winter.** Folks, please note the following Helter dates for your diaries: Thu 24 November, Fri 25 November and Sat 26 November – 10am – 5pm.
Best of the Rest:
‘The Rivals’ at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Until Friday 4th November. Showtime: 8pm – 10h30pm
This month’s Welly play pick is Sheridan’s classic masterpiece, The Rivals. Romance, deception and intrigue abound with the would-be suitors of heiress Lydia Languish coming to inevitable blows. Sounds like an action-packed plot worth seeing. Tickets £10 – £34.50. Book here.
Made In Cumbria Farmers Market, Carlisle City Centre
Friday 4th November: 09h30am – 3h30pm
Award-winning meat and cheeses and other Cumbrian delicacies. Try out the best and tastiest that our fine county has to offer by way of food and drink at one of several Farmers Markets taking place over the festive season.
Jimmy Carr at The Sands Centre
Friday 4th November
No need to describe this comedian but always worth mentioning when a ‘proper’ (?) celeb is in town. Love him or hate him, Jimmy takes to the stage at The Sands Centre, Carlisle for one night only. Tickets cost £27.50 plus a booking fee of £1,40 per person by telephone. Show starts 8pm.
Tel: 01228 633766, www.thesandscentre.co.uk,
Omid Djalili – Schmuck For A Night
Wed 9th November
While I’m on the subject of celeb comics coming to town, note that award-winning comedian and actor Djalili will be performing at The Forum in Barrow as part of his nationwide tour. Tickets £24. Showtime: 8pm
Box Office: 01229 820000, www.theforumbarrow.co.uk
Welly Picks: Bonfire Night
Station Inn Bonfire & Fireworks Night, Oxenholme
Friday 4th November
Okay I may be biased as this popular South Lakeland pub just happens to be our Local, but joint landlords Andy and Dave sure know how to get the bonfire party started round the corner at The Station Inn. Gates open at 6pm with the bonfire lit at 6h30pm. Very popular with the locals, the pub organises food and drinks stands in the car park. Admission is £3 for adults and £2 for children, but you can always park at the Helm and climb up for a fantastic view of the firework display (sorry Andy!)
Coniston Sports and Social Centre, Shepherds Bridge Lane, Coniston, LA21 8AL.
Friday 4th November
Bonfire lit at 6pm fireworks at 7pm. There will be homemade Beef Hot Pot, Beef Burgers and Sausages on sale from 5.30pm. Mulled Wine, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Sweets and treats for the children. Entry by donation, free car parking for 50 cars. Everybody welcome to this fantastic annual event. Call 05394 41812 for further information.
Hawkshead Bonfire & Fireworks, Hawkshead Recreation ground, LA22 0NT
Saturday 5th November
from 6pm – snacks and entertainment etc. Donations at the gate.
Cartmel Bonfire & Fireworks Display at the Racecourse
from 6pm – refreshments throughout the evening including hot soup, burgers and cakes. Admission free with donations gratefully received.
Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC Bonfire Night
Held at Underley Park, the home of Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club, the bar opens at 5h30pm with food available after 6h15. Bonfire lit at 7h30pm. Admission £5 per adult and £2 per child under 16
Windermere RUFC Fireworks & Bonfire
From 6h30pm, featuring a BBQ, food and drinks. £5 admission per person or a family ticket £10
Tullie House Museum, Carlise; Burton Recreation Ground Fireworks, Burton-in-Kendal; Hornby Fireworks and Sedbergh Fireworks at the People’s Hall Playing Field.
And if you’re still hungry for more then Cockermouth hosts its Fireworks Display at the Memorial Gardens on Sunday 6th from 6pm.